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A New Dawn (Star Wars) Hardcover – September 2, 2014

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A New Dawn is a fine start to the new Expanded Universe. [John Jackson] Miller steps confidently into the unexplored territory and owns it; he’s crafted a story with pacing and dialogue that feels like classic Star Wars.”Nerdist
“An entertaining adventure . . . with a cast of heroes that mixes laughter with intriguing depths of character. . . . John Jackson Miller packs in plenty of action and surprises.”Roqoo Depot

“A confidently told story that gives fans a lot of reason to be hopeful about what’s to come as we move into this new phase of Star Wars . . . The book certainly got me even more excited for Rebels and to see more of Kanan and Hera’s adventures. We’re also introduced to other characters I would love to see again at some point, whether on Rebels, in another book or, who knows, in live-action at some point.”IGN
A New Dawn delivers a classic Star Wars experience that fans of all ages will be able to enjoy. It is extremely well-written, with an incredibly diverse cast too. Miller’s prose can easily suck readers in, and leave them speechless when 100 pages have flown by in the blink of an eye.”—Far Far Away Radio
A New Dawn brings us into this new dawn of storytelling with energy, excitement, and characters that have become instantly ensconced into the Star Wars vernacular, and the results will satisfy Star Wars fans of many different palates.”—Coffee with Kenobi
A New Dawn is a well-written novel full of intrigue and twists and turns that does an excellent job of letting Star Wars fans get to know Kanan and Hera.”—Tosche Station
A New Dawn finds an era never before written about in the Star Wars universe—the years prior to the original movie, Episode IV—in robust good health. The narrative takes place on two worlds and a handful of ships in between them, but as with the best of all Star Wars moments, hints at hidden depths beyond.”Mashable

About the Author

Writer and game designer John Jackson Miller is the author of Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Wars: Knight Errant, and Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories, as well as nine Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic graphic novels. His comics work includes writing for Iron Man, Mass Effect, Bart Simpson, and Indiana Jones. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and far too many comic books.

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553392867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553392869
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I’m going to get one thing out of the way here. I’ve read just about every Star Wars novel that has been released since the Thrawn Trilogy in the 90′s. I’ve been captivated and emotionally invested in this expanded universe, and while it has always been “non canon”, almost everyone who read the books didn’t take it that way. You have almost 25 years of continuous story, and now, that’s all down the drain. It’s fair to say that I’ve got mixed feelings about this. I mean, Han and Leia could not get married, and they won’t have Jaina, Jacen or Anakin. The Yuuzhan Vong may not even exist, and Chewbacca is still alive!! Mara Jade?? Forget about her, gone the way of the dodo.

The aptly named A New Dawn takes place between the movie episodes III and IV. You won’t have any characters you recognize in this book minus the Emperor, and it sets up the upcoming Star Wars Rebels series on Disney XD nicely. Don’t take that to mean it’s a novel for children, it’s not. There is some truly evil stuff going on in this book, and it definitely sets it self apart from what the show is supposed to be.

John Jackson Miller really gives you a sense of how this new universe is going to be. He shows you the grip that the Empire has in the system, and how people are reacting. He sets up a rag-tag group of people in Kanan, Hera, Skelly, and Zaluna fighting against the Empire to prevent the annihilation of a world. These characters for the most part will play big roles in the upcoming series. What JJM does best is give these characters the dimensions they need that might not come across on the small screen. A look inside the motivations of each character. The book is billed as being the way that Kanan and Hera meet, but it’s very much Kanan’s book.
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This book intrigued me for a number of reasons, the main being the introduction to the new Canon. The secondary reason was the interest in the back story to some of the characters of the new Star Wars Rebels series. I was concerned going in that because of the cartoon nature of the Rebels series (of which I enjoy watching with my children, all under the age of 10) the book would be more childish in nature, and not up to the deep stories created in the existing EU. Let me first say that if you were concerned about this, you can rest assured that this book fits in with the style of the, now non-canon, EU. There is nothing cartoon like about this book whatsoever. So if that was your concern, feel free to order this book right now.

On to the writing style - I have read quite a number of books from the Star Wars EU, however this was the first book I've read by John Jackson Miller. This book was very well written, and very captivating from the very beginning. It was one of those books that just keeps moving, page after page. The character development is well done, the scene descriptions are perfect, and the action leaps off of the page. I can honestly say that after reading this book I will definitely seek out more John Jackson Miller books in the future.

I don't feel the need to really get into a summary of the story. I feel that the book description does enough to whet anyone's appetite for a book, and I don't like stumbling across spoilers, no matter how small when I'm reading reviews. I prefer to just dive into a book and go along for the ride from the very beginning. I will say that the story was fantastic, and did a great job giving us more insight into the personality of Hera and Kanon.
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“Star Wars: A New Dawn” is an important entry into the Star Wars library for a few reasons. First, it is the first book in Disney’s new Star Wars canon. In other words, this book is just as much a part of the Star Wars saga as any of the movies. Second, this book introduces readers to a few of the main characters in the upcoming animated TV show “Star Wars: Rebels.”

To be perfectly honest, I had not been particularly excited about “Rebels.” I had some issues with “The Clone Wars” and the same creative team is heading “Rebels.” From what I’d seen thus far, it seemed like the beginning of the Disneyfication of Star Wars. So I was initially somewhat skeptical of this book. That said, John Jackson Miller is one of my favorite Star Wars authors, so it had that to its credit.


I was pleasantly surprised by the main protagonist, Kanan Jarrus. In the trailers for the TV show, Kanan appeared to be just a “cowboy Jedi” (Dave Filoni’s words, not mine). However, in “A New Dawn,” Kanan comes across as a character with real depth. To some extent, he’s another “smuggler with a heart of gold,” but the novel takes that trope much further than we’ve seen in Star Wars before. Kanan is an inveterate womanizer. I am pretty sure that he’s the biggest “player” we’ve ever seen in the Star Wars galaxy. He has some great lines. Yet, it’s also clear that he’s hiding real pain as he tries to cope with the loss of the Jedi Order. JJM uses point of view in interesting ways to contrast Kanan’s self-perception – that he’s hard-edged and cynical – against the reality – that can’t help himself from helping others. I’d go so far as to say that he’s potentially the most interesting Jedi in the current Star Wars canon.
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